50 Facts About UC Blue Ash College

As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of UC Blue Ash College during the 2017-18 academic year, we are sharing 50 Facts about our college. Watch for a new fact each week on social media sites, TV monitors around campus and on the UCBANow blog.

Fact 1

There were 632 students enrolled when UC Blue Ash held its first classes on September 25, 1967. Today it is the largest regional college in Ohio, with nearly 5,000 students.
The original administrators, faculty and staff for the college. Dean Hilmar Krueger is in the center of the front row. Associate dean Ernest Muntz is next to him on the left. 1967.

Fact 2

In 1965, the University of Cincinnati acquired land that was originally designated to become the Blue Ash Airport, as the future site of its new “off-campus” branch.

Muntz Hall, known in the early years simply as the classroom and administration building, as it appeared when UC Blue Ash College opened in 1967.

Fact 3

On average, more than 750 students transition to UC Uptown each year.  The average GPA is 3.12 during first semester after transition.

Former UCBA student, Amber England, studying psychology at UC Uptown.

Fact 4

Most of the professors at UC Blue Ash have their PhD or the terminal degree in their field, and two-thirds of classes are taught by our full-time faculty.
Professor Marissa Oehlhof, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Fact 5

The average age of the UC Blue Ash College student for Fall of 2017 is 22.1 years old. The youngest current student is 13 and the oldest is 72.
students of a range of ages walking on campus

Fact 6

The UC Blue Ash College campus is within a 20-minute drive from most places around Greater Cincinnati, including downtown.

Fact 7

In 2010, UC Blue Ash College founded the UC Smiles program to provide free oral health check-ups to underserved school children in Greater Cincinnati at the Dental Hygiene Clinic. As of Friday, September 29, 2017, more than 2,000 kids have been served.
Norwood elementary student poses with the Bearcat at the UC Smiles event, last Friday.

Fact 8

Nearly half of our students at UC Blue Ash College are “first-generation college students,” or the first of their immediate family to attend college
First generation students are some of our favorites, because they often come to higher education with unmatched energy and excitement. Joseph Tran (Pre-Psychology) is a perfect example.

Fact 9

Our study abroad program marked its 20th Anniversary this summer with programs in Australia, Great Britain and Peru. Over the past two decades, students and faculty have traveled to more than 20 countries to immerse themselves in the culture of the courses they study. These programs often create life-changing experiences for our students. 
UCBA students at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, summer 2017.

Fact 10

Our name officially changed from Raymond Walters College to UC Blue Ash College in 2011. The change was designed to better align with the UC brand, and better identify the location of our scenic campus.

Fact 11

Don’t get SPOOKED when classes get hard! UC Blue Ash offers Learning Labs to assist with course materials in almost every subject! Check out our Foreign Language Lab, Math Lab, Science Lab, and the Writing and Study Skills Center.
Student tutor volunteering in Math Lab

Fact 12

The UC Blue Ash Veteran Student Affairs Office was created in 2014 to better serve our students. Since then, the number of our military veteran students has nearly doubled to 157. We salute them and all veterans for their service to our country!

Fact 13

When our college opened in September 1967 it was the first regional college of the University of Cincinnati, and one of the first in Ohio. Regional colleges were created in the state as the result of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Fact 14

We are thankful to have more than 23,000 alumni from UC Blue Ash College. So many of them are making a positive impact in their community and in their field, whether close to home or around the world.

Haley Fritz is the winner of the 2016 UC Blue Ash College Young Alumnus Outstanding Achievement Award. She earned her bachelor’s degree at UC Blue Ash before completing her MBA at UC Uptown and founding her own event planning company.

Fact 15

UC Blue Ash offers a welcoming environment for everyone! Our student population makes us the most diverse college within the University of Cincinnati. Read about a unique UCBA family that contributes to the diversity of our college.

Fact 16

The cornerstone for Muntz Hall ended up inside of the building after the major expansion of the building in 1976. Today, it can be found inside one of the offices in the Dean’s Suite.

Fact 17

Raymond Walters was the original namesake of our college. He was the longest-tenured president in UC’s history, serving from 1932-55. His presence continues on our campus through Raymond Walters Hall and Walters Lane.

Fact 18

The sculpture in the green space between Muntz and Walters Halls titled “Anatomy Vessel”, was erected as a part of Walters Hall construction, and dedicated in 2001. It was funded by Ohio’s Percent for Art program, which provides that one per cent of the total budget of a new or renovated public building shall be used for the installation of works of art.

Fact 19

Blue Ash Elementary School is part of Sycamore Community Schools, but was built on the UC Blue Ash campus in 2002 as a result of our partnership with the school district. It is one of the very few primary schools ever constructed on a college campus in the U.S.

Fact 20

More than $70,000 in scholarships are awarded by UC Blue Ash to our students each year. We have a wide range of scholarships that are available based on academic program, personal achievement (such as our first-generation student scholarship), and general achievement in the classroom.

Fact 21

The Annex building was the old Plainfield Schoolhouse, which was built in the 1930’s. Today it houses the applied Graphic Communication Department and includes studios and he UC Blue Ash art gallery.

Fact 22

As we begin the new year, we’re excited about the newest building on our campus. Progress Hall opened in in summer 2017 and provides much needed classroom and office space. It also incorporates 16,300 sq ft of mixed use space, 75 tons of steel, 3,500 square feet of windows/glass, 70,000 square feet of drywall and 140 tons of brick!

Fact 23

The UC Blue Ash Dental Hygiene Clinic features 34 professional dental chairs, making our program the largest in Ohio. It’s also the only program of its kind in Greater Cincinnati.

Fact 24

Our park-like campus covers 135 acres and features plenty of greenspace, including more than 900 trees.

Fact 25

The city of Blue Ash is the largest suburban office market in Greater Cincinnati; so over 2,000 companies are located in our backyard. This gives us an awesome location for students looking for internships!

Fact 26

The Veterinary Technology program has been a part of our college curriculum since the early 1970’s, but the Vet Tech building didn’t open on our campus until 2005. Before then, the program and labs were based at UC Uptown.

Fact 27

Eric Broyles is a UC Blue Ash Distinguished Alumnus who continues to give back to the college. A successful corporate attorney and entrepreneur, Eric is a scholarship donor who often returns to our campus to speak to students. He started a new speakers series in 2018 to feature UC alumni who share their experiences in overcoming challenges and achieving academic and professional success.